Jiahao Cao

Jiahao Cao Computer Science and Technology
Tsinghua University
Beijing, P.R. China


  • Dec. 2018 to Dec. 2019: research scholar, Center for Secure Information Systems (CSIS), George Mason University
    • Advisor: Prof. Kun Sun
  • 2015 to now: pursuing Ph.D., Department of Computer Science & Technology, Tsinghua University
    • Advisor: Prof. Qi Li and Mingwei Xu
  • 2011 to 2015: B.Sc degree, Department of Information and Communication Engineering, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications

Research Projects

  • Vulnerability Discovery in SDN

Research Interests

  • SDN/NFV Security
  • Deep Learning for Cyber Security


  • Jiahao Cao, Qi Li, Renjie Xie, Kun Sun, Guofei Gu, Mingwei Xu, and Yuan Yang. "The CrossPath Attack: Disrupting the SDN Control Channel via Shared Links," In Proc. of the 28th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security), Santa Clara, CA, August 2019 (First round acceptance ratio: 9.8%=25/254).
  • Jiahao Cao, Mingwei Xu, Qi Li, Kun Sun, Yuan Yang, and Jing Zheng. "Disrupting SDN via the Data Plane: A Low-Rate Flow Table Overflow Attack," In Proc. of the 13th EAI International Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks (SecureComm), Niagara Falls, Canada, October 2017. (Best Paper Award)
  • Jing Zheng, Qi Li, Guofei Gu, Jiahao Cao, David K.Y. Yau, and Jianping Wu. "Realtime DDoS Defense Using COTS SDN Switches via Adaptive Correlation Analysis," In IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security (TIFS), vol. 13, no. 7, pp. 1838-1853, 2018.
  • Renjie Xie, Mingwei Xu, Jiahao Cao, and Qi Li. "SoftGuard: Defend against the Low-Rate TCP Attack in SDN," In Proc. of the 53rd IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Shanghai, China, May 2019.
  • Zheng Liu, Mingwei Xu, Jiahao Cao, and Qi Li. "TSA: A Two-phase Scheme against Amplification DDoS Attack in SDN," In Proc. of the 13th International Conference on Mobile Ad-Hoc and Sensor Networks (MSN), Beijing, China, December 2017.

Professional Activities

Journal Reviewer
  • IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (TIFS)
  • SCIENCE CHINA Information Sciences
  • International Journal of Security and Networks (IJSN)
External/Sub Reviewer
  • IEEE CNS, 2019
  • IEEE INFOCOM, 2018
  • IEEE ICDCS, 2018~2019
  • IEEE/ACM IWQoS, 2017~2019
  • IEEE ICC, 2018

Awards & Scholarships

  • Scholarship of China Scholarship Council (CSC) (2018) (国家公派联合培养博士生)
  • Best Paper Award in the SecureComm conference (2017) (唯一最佳论文)
  • National Scholarship for outstanding undergraduates (2013) (国家奖学金)
  • National Scholarship for outstanding undergraduates (2012) (国家奖学金)

Teaching Assistant

  • 70240023 Computer network Architecture: Fall 2017
  • 40240882 Specialized Training of Computer Networks: Spring 2016, Spring 2017
  • 40240513 Principles of Computer Network:Fall 2016

Conferences in Focus for Me